Webinars for Research Users

Selected courses from the First and Second Training Schools have been selected with the scope of providing knowledge tools to the research users and the reference community. The Schools have been held in Rome (Italy), INGV headquarters, from 29 May to 1 June 2023, and in Leuven (Belgium), KU Leuven premises, from 5 to 9 February 2024. The Second School was co-organised with the Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances Forecasting System (T-FORS) project.  

Both schools have been conceived in a threefold way:

  1. Provision of general lectures on the physical mechanisms acting in the Earth’s Ionosphere, Thermosphere and Plasmasphere as parts of the coupled Sun-Earth system. The Second School included also theoretical lectures on the TIDs triggering mechanisms and detection methodologies and practical courses on the data processing methodologies for TID detection and forecast models.
  2. Provision of lectures on the PITHIA-NRF e-Science Centre and on the main data and models registered in it. The Second School included also practical courses on the data processing methodologies for TID detection and forecast models.
  3. Hands-on session on accessing data collections and models and analysing the results.

All the courses are available in the PITHIA-NRF YouTube Channel, in two separate playlists:

The selected courses have been chosen among the general lectures and the practical courses and are the following:


General Lectures


"Title Fundamentals of Ionospheric Plasma Dynamics – Part 1: Quiet-time Ionosphere", Iurii Cherniak (COSMIC)


"Title Fundamentals of Ionospheric Plasma Dynamics – Part 2: Ionospheric response to Space Weather events" , Iurii Cherniak (COSMIC)


"Ionosphere - Magnetosphere coupling", Eija Tanskanen (SGO)


"The Earth’s Plasmasphere: Formation and dynamics", Viviane Pierrard (BIRA-IASB)


"The neutral upper atmosphere", Sean Bruinsma (CNES)


"Coupling of the ionosphere with the lower atmosphere", Jaroslav Chum (IAP)


"Solar wind - magnetosphere interactions", Stefaan Poedts (KU Leuven)


"Fundamentals in plasmasphere", Fabien Darrouzet (BIRA-IASB)


"Instrumentation (ground and space)", Tobias Verhulst (RMI)


"Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence", Giovanni Lapenta (KU Leuven)


"LSTIDs: sources, propagation characteristics, detection techniques", David Altadill (EO)


MLSTIDs: sources, propagation characteristics, detection techniques, Sivakandan Mani (IAP-L)


Practical Courses


"From Sun to Earth with EUHFORIA: The Chain of Forecasting Space Weather Conditions", Tinatin Baratashvili (KU Leuven)


"Dynamic Kinetic Model of the Plasmasphere", Viviane Pierrard (BIRA-IASB)


"The empirical Drag Temperature Model 2020 (DTM2020) of the thermosphere", Sean Bruinsma (CNES)


"Ionospheric Prediction models in PITHIA-NRF e-Science Centre", Anna Belehaki (NOA)


"Ionospheric Scintillation Climatological Modelling with ground-based GNSS receivers", Luca Spogli (INGV)


"Raytracing Models", Ivan Galkin (BGD)


"PITHIA-NRF e-Science Centre: how to discover, access, register data collections", Tamas Kiss (UoW)


"Heliospheric data and model results", Michaela Brchnelova (KU Leuven)


"Ionospheric predictions for large scale storms", Anna Belehaki (NOA)


"Ionospheric irregularities & scintillations", Luca Spogli (INGV)


"EISCAT data collections", Anders Tjulin (EISCAT)


"GIM maps", Manuel Hernandez-Pajares (UPC)


"TID nowcasting models - LSTIDs", Antoni Segarra (EO)


"TID forecasting models - LSTIDs", Claudio Cesaroni (INGV)


"TID nowcasting models - MSTIDs (focused on CDSS)", Tobias Verhulst (RMI)


"TID forecasting models - MSTIDs", Sivakandan Mani (IAP-L)


"Ionospheric data assimilation models", Ivan Galkin (BGD)